JEWS RETURN TO GERMANY
UPI’s Uwe Siemon-Netto reveals a startling trend:
The turbulent relationship between Jews and Germany is taking yet another stunning turn. Seventy years after Hitler’s ascendance to power and 60 years after the Holocaust, more Jews are flooding into Germany than into any other country, Israel included.
This makes Germany the one nation with the fastest-growing Jewish community in the world. Ironically, one reason for this state of affairs is the anti-Semitism in their countries of origin, chiefly successor states of the former Soviet Union, Julius H. Schoeps, head of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam, told United Press International Thursday.
“Of course there are other reasons as well, such as economic considerations and the chance to give their children a better education,” Schoeps allowed. “Moreover, they see Germany as a ‘safe country.'”
As a result of this accelerating migration, the Jewish population in Germany has swollen from 33,000 in 1990, the year of that nation’s reunification, to 200,000 today, according to Schoeps. Before World War II more than half a million Jews lived in that country. At the end of the war there were only 15,000 left.
Interesting indeed. Of course, anyone who has actually been to that part of the world can understand the reluctance of anyone to move to Israel. Even aside from the prospect of being blown up by a Palestinian zealot, that is one miserable, barren, godforsaken desert wasteland. Ancestral homeland or no, it’s not exactly a paradise.